THE EYE IS A FREQUENT AND SPECIAL SYMBOL IN HIS ART: DISCOVER WHY READING OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW!
What job did you want to do as a child?
Since I can remember, I have been interested in art. I think at one point I thought I would like to be a veterinarian or work with animals or study animals. In high school I was really into skateboarding, I think that really influenced me to look at art a bit more intensely.
When and why did you decide to dedicate yourself to art?
After high school, I decided to try out animation as a career, because I really liked to draw and I grew up watching Disney animations. I was always fascinated by the behind the scenes features about the animators and how they made it all happen. I ended up working in Los Angeles for a few years animating and working as a visual effects artist on commercials and a film. It was then that I realized I didn’t want to be creating someone else’s artistic vision. I really wanted control of the entire process. Painting seemed to be a good start. I really like independent animation and maybe one day ill jump back into it.
The eye is a frequent symbol in your art. What represent for you?
They eye can represent almost anything depending on its context. It can represent a mood or it can feel like someone is watching you. My fascination with eyes started with not knowing how to draw or paint them well. I started out by practicing eyes over and over. I ended up with a drawing with about 10 eyes on the page and drew a circle around it and had a face. It was a result of the process rather than an intentional design.
What relationship do you want to create between your photos and the real world?
I think the paintings are an escape from the real world and a parody of it at the same time. I’m using real world elements to create an almost fantasy or imaginary space. The real world elements are there to trigger a mood or tell a story. I had narratives that I was working from, but the only words are in the title of the painting. The titles are acting almost like clues into my narrative of the painting, but the pieces are absolutely open to interpretation. Some of the titles have an alternate title that sometimes are contradicting the primary title.
What represent people for you in the contemporary society?
My current works aren’t necessarily a comment on society or a political statement of any sort. They are driven from my experiences. I’m sure, but mostly these pieces were narratives based on a sex, drugs and rock’n roll. I replaced the “rock n’roll” with the idea of the starving artist. So all the images become interior scenes of the artists studio.
What do you want to tell about your next project?
The show opens November 10th at Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco, CA. There are 21 paintings total plus 20 individual cigarette paintings. This body of work is a departure from portraits and is more conceptually driven or driven by narratives. I was inspired by the minimalism that surrounds a rock ‘n roll song, you know, 3 chords and 12 words. Songs that have had a huge impact on myself, that I thought I should take a stab at it or pay homage to them through paint.
If you could know a person, living or dead, who would it be?
Your most beautiful memory until now.
The first time I saw San Francisco with my best friend Kurt.
Do you have a favorite number or day?
Friday is the best day ever; also any day that I can paint is my favorite day.
What is love for you?
Photos courtesy of the artist